Sony are doing what they can to encourage developers to include move support for all kinds of games whereas at least one person at Microsoft has a different idea for motion controls. And he’s a pretty important person. Albert Penello, senior director of global marketing for Xbox 360, told Industry Gamers (via MCV) that he would prefer developers to make a brand new type of shooter for Kinect and not just force it upon existing franchises. When speaking about the casually focused launch titles he said “The first thing that comes to mind is the casual types of games, but I’d like to see what a first-person shooter would be on Kinect someday. I don’t want to see Halo band-aided into Kinect because Halo is a controller game, and I think that would not be what we’re trying to achieve. I want to see what a new type of experience would be.”
Right now, the unconvincing showing of both Kinect and Move at E3 has help fuel the idea that motion-controls on a HD system isn’t much more than a desire to compete with Nintendo rather than a must-have peripheral. Developers could be equally pessimistic and reluctant to make a hardcore title for something that serves a causal market but Penello thinks that will change with time: “You’re just seeing the first generation of stuff. [We’ll be] getting new types of genres, new types of customers and then continuing to serve the core with great games.”
The Wii still has problems with sales figures for its hardcore games so can Kinect or even Move do any better? We’ll find out soon enough.